YouTube star Jake Paul has gotten a lot of professional athletes to spar with him in the ring in exchange for a huge financial takeaway. Some of them have even lost and some of them have been willing to accept a draw, like Floyd Mayweather.
Not sure how much it would cost Jake Paul to pay Mayweather to take a fall, but must have been out of his budget. Paul often builds to these fights by attacking his future opponents online and in person, when they cross paths, and in the last year, he has been targeting, Claressa Shields, the most decorated female boxer in history.
It doesn’t seem like Shields thought much about Paul until he started commenting about her everywhere.
But she told TMZ Sports, “Jake Paul is making his money, he’s doing his thing, but stay away from us real fighters. And anybody out there that say, ‘Oh, Jake Paul will destroy her because she’s a woman’ … I’m the greatest woman! So, no, Jake Paul won’t do nothing with me, and if he think he can, he can come see me.”
Shields gets asked about Paul a lot and she keeps having the same answer: she’d kick his ass, but would never deign to step in a ring with him.
Shields faced a split decision loss recently in a PFL fight against Abbigail Montes, and Paul took it as another opportunity to attack someone completely out of his league, calling her a “loser” with a “prima donna attitude.”
It seems like even UFC president Dana White is sick of Paul’s antics.
“He better be careful, she might knock him out,” White told MMA Fighting in a new interview. “So Jake Paul calls Claressa Shields a loser? Claressa Shields is nothing but a winner who actually fought real people in her weight class in her own age in her own sport and then goes over to MMA and tries to win a world title. That’s not a loser, that’s a winner, okay?”
“When are you gonna start fighting somebody your own f—ing age, your own weight, that actually fights in your own f—ing sport that you’re claiming you’re in? Shut the f— up, you goofball. For you to call Claressa Shields a loser is f—ing unbelievable.”
Paul has 4-0 with wins, but not one of them is against an actual professional boxer. MMA is a relatively new sport of Shields, and White praised her work.
“Nothing but respect for Claressa Shields,” White said. “To be looked at as the best female boxer and to come over here and start training and start to do this, not easy and nothing but respect for her. She lost a split decision? Which is even more impressive, in her second fight she loses a split decision, which means one of the judges thought she won the fight.
“Nothing but respect for her and she should just keep plugging along and keep training and doing what she’s doing. Obviously, she’s a very talented, gifted athlete. Crazy that anybody’s saying anything to her, that’s ridiculous.”
The interviewer then suggested Shields could knock Jake Paul out with one hand, as she’s said, and White agreed.
“Yeah, she probably… I hope she knocks him… I hope he runs into her somewhere and she knocks him the f— out,” said White.
Jake Paul has responded this weekend with a Halloween costume that mocks a scandal around White where he was extorted for $200k by someone threatening to expose his relationship with a Brazilian stripper in 2016.
It seems almost a hundred people are certain that the woman in Paul’s photo is also being paid to be there, so he should really watch where he throws those stones.